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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 29, 2007 3:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Over 4 Hours and still On-Topic

Hey guys--time to add this now, as I was in a hurry before. I have listened to a number of early shows in which the two of them, to be frank, are not completely in sinc, and depending on the mix, it comes thru clearly (ie, each in one channel). I hope I do not offend anyone, but this always held me back in discussions of the "greatness" of the DEAD. Those of you that have heard me before know that I hold up the likes of Ginger Baker (singlehandedly, he could have overpowered any and all guitarists, trust me--re, Mickey's comments) as THE rock drummer, and the boys for us were good, but I don't think I would put them up there with Jerry and Phil in terms of expertise, technical abilities, etc.

Nonetheless, for such a positive post, I will stop now before I derail this with negativity...again, don't think for a minute that I didn't and don't appreciate what Billy and Mickey did, just that I always viewed it as the lesser of the great contributions the boys provided us with.

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Nov 29, 2007 3:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Over 4 Hours and still On-Topic

it is cool tho, having 2 (count 'em, two) drummers.

Cyril Jordan (Flamin' Groovies, now Magic Christian... see youtube) always thot that was one of the best things about the Dead (and Allman Bros) shows.

Now, Cyril is talking about doing some gigs with 2 drummers - Clem Burke (Blondie) and Prairie Prince (Tubes, Starship).

Wouldn't that be something!
But not in a small club... I said to C, yeah, maybe play at The Avalon (it's reopened in the City on Van Ness) or a ballroom sized-venue.

I remember being at a '70 Fillmore West (Carousel Ballroom) GD show, standing near the stage front, and Mickey emerged from the crowd to my right, climbed up on stage and took his seat.

Tell me you haven't heard some of those bone-chilling cymbol sizzles he did going as far back as 1969 on numbers like Morning Dew.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 29, 2007 4:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Over 4 Hours and still On-Topic

Oh yeah--what the two of them were capable of, especially with Dew, warrants the both of them as life time icons for the members of any rock appreciation club.

Good call.

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